Ronnie O'Sullivan to play at World Grand Prix

The five time world champion will play in Llandudno after his success at the Welsh Open.

Ronnie O'Sullivan to play at World Grand Prix
Image source: Daily Mail

Ronnie O’Sullivan will play in next month’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Llandudno.

40-year-old O'Sullivan qualified for the tournament after being Neil Robertson 9-5 in the Welsh Open final on Sunday in Cardiff.

A five-time world champion, he was scheduled to play an exhibition match against Jimmy White in Morocco on March 12, but this has been moved to April 9.

The tournament shown on ITV 4 will take place from March 8 until March 13 and for the first time it will be a ranking tournament.

‘The Rocket’ will be joined by some of snooker’s biggest names including, Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby.

O’Sullivan will be hoping to better his performance in the tournament after making the final last year but losing 10-7 against Trump.

Despite many knowing that he had qualified for the Grand Prix after his success in Cardiff there were still doubts that he would play, as the five-time Masters champion has so far only played in two tournaments this season.

It could be the last time that O’Sullivan plays in a major ranking tournament before the World Championship in Sheffield which takes place in April.

Will O'Sullivan avenge last year's final defeat? Image source: The Guardian
Will O'Sullivan avenge last year's final defeat? Image source: The Guardian

Battle to Llandudno

The World Grand Prix list runs from the start of the season until the final qualifying event which is the Gdynia Open which starts this week.

Whoever is in the top 32 on that list qualifies for the tournament and all eyes will be on Stephen Maguire, who currently sits at number 32.

Delight for Barry Hearn

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn is “delighted” that “such a strong field” will be turning up in Wales which he hails as a “fantastic tournament.”

After winning the Welsh Open, the World Snooker chairman believes O’Sullivan is the “man in form” and he that his win in Cardiff has seen his “success is being rewarded.”